Cities

Choose a city and find out specific tips and advice to improve your safety when visiting.

Cities around the world

How many cities are on Earth?

At the turn of the century in 2000, there were 371 cities with 1 million inhabitants or more worldwide. By 2018, the number of cities with at least 1 million inhabitants had grown to 548.

We are working hard to provide relevant and up to date safety information for all the cities across the world.

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  • New Orleans

    There’s no where like New Orleans. The food, the festivals, the culture, the history- all of it is rich and interesting in its own way. You certainly need more than one trip to experience the city and everything it has to offer. It doesn’t matter if you’re a foodie, a historian or a party hound, New Orleans has a good scene.

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  • Minneapolis

    Minneapolis, once the flour milling capital of the world, is a city of many lakes and rivers. Home to hugely influential musicians such as Prince and Bob Dylan, Minneapolis has a lively and varied music scene.

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  • Las Vegas

    A city of many names and titles: referring to itself as the entertainment capital of the world, Las Vegas is described internationally as one of the most visited places globally, a leader in the hospitality industry and- more colloquially- Sin City. Famed for its seedy underbelly, this city wears its heart on its sleeve with its strip of casinos, other adult entertainment and almost Roman-levels of excess when it comes to food and drink.

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  • Atlantic City

    Famed for its success as a beach resort in the 1800s and then as a prohibition era den of iniquity filled with organised crime, gambling and illegal alcohol, Atlantic City has been a tourist attraction for a long time. Take a stroll along the boardwalk and visit historical attractions or shop till you drop, the choice is yours.

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  • Washington DC

    Washington DC, the capital of the United States of America, is considered one of the most famous cities in the world and resides the most powerful man in the world, the president. With famous historical landmarks such as Capitol Hill and the White House, it is a sight to behold for any travel goers.

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  • San Antonio

    San Antonio. A major city in South-central Texas with a rich history and even richer food. With iconic landmarks such as The Alamo and the famous riverside walk, and attractions such as SeaWorld for the little ones, San Antonio is a great choice to pick for anyone wishing to visit Texas.

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  • Bakersfield

    A centre of oil and agriculture in California Bakersfield has the dry heat for sun bathing and optimal crop growing. Home to Bakersfield Sound- an electric guitar-driven subgenre of country music- and the world’s largest ice cream plant, there’s a lot of interesting sites to see in this city.

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  • Anchorage

    The largest and most populated city in Alaska, Anchorage is home to plenty humans and wildlife. Its geographical location makes it the perfect stopping off point internationally- its a remote but busy city. Whether its exploring the city or the great Alaskan outdoors, you will find something unique here.

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  • Houston

    One of the most diverse cities in America, Houston is home to a range of attractions. It has a museum district, a theatre district, the NASA headquarters and is an exceptional place for food lovers to visit, the variety and quality is unmatched.

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  • Denver

    Fondly referred to as The Mile High City due to its elevation of one mile above sea level, Denver is the state capital of Colorado and has a lot to offer. The city lays at the beginning of The Rocky Mountains; its geography in relation to the rest of the country making it an important trading and transport point. This ensures work and a constant influx of people, allowing for a lively and prosperous city to continue to grow.

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  • Salamanca

    A city famed for its university and being a key site for part of Spain’s history, Salamanca lies between Madrid and the Portugal boarder. The old city was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988. However, the main residents of the city are students as the university has been one of the most popular in all of Europe for some time. There is a constant mixture of old and new here that needs to be explored.

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  • Granada

    Only an hours drive to the Mediterranean coast, Granada enjoys a mixture of Spanish and African heritage. Home to the UNESCO declared World Heritage Site, The Alhambra is an ancient Nasrid citadel and palace that tourists from all over the world flock to see. The mixture of worlds, such as ancient Islamic architecture and contemporary street art, makes Granada more than just a historically significant location.

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  • Cordoba

    This Spanish city is home to both Roman and Islamic architecture, allotting it four world heritage sites which is more than anywhere else in the world. Cordoba is located in southern Spain and has the hottest average high temperatures in all of Europe. It has been a site of significance and history since Neanderthals. This rich past of culture, education and of political importance can be highlighted by the fact that, in different parts of history, its population was greater than most other cities and it remains the largest municipality in Andalusia to this day.

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  • Sheffield

    The aptly named ‘Steel Town’ of the north, Sheffield is where stainless steel was invented and the site of the subsequent manufacturing boom of cutlery. Built alongside the Peak District, this city has lovely views and proximity to the national park.

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  • Inverness

    Named after that very famous Loch, Inverness has the highest quality of life rating out of all major Scottish cities. It was only granted it’s city charter in 2000, but it is a central point for the whole of the Scottish Highlands. This city is the perfect place to travel to experience authentic Highland culture but not getting lost on the moors in the process.

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  • Cambridge

    This historic canal trading town was granted its city charter in 1951, despite it not having a cathedral. Cambridge is known for its university and its dense population of students. It has recently also become the site of Silicon Fen. This is a reference to Silicon Valley implying that, due to the growth of tech industries in the area like software and bioscience, Cambridge is becoming the English equivalent.

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  • Dundee

    This seaport city on the Firth of Tay is just down the coast from Aberdeen. Dundee describes itself as “One City, Many Discoveries” in reference to the history of science surrounding the city and more specifically of the Antarctic exploration vessel the RRS Discovery. Dundee now accounts for 10% of digital entertainment in the UK as it is a site for game and app development.

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  • Cardiff

    Cardiff is the capital city of Wales and one of the most popular tourist destination cities in the UK. A particularly diverse city, due to its trading history as a port and now its language schools that attract foreign students from all over the world to be taught English. Wales is made up of a great mix between historical and modern features as it claims to have the largest concentration of castles of any city in the world whilst also containing a large media sector used for TV and film production. Its a little city but it certainly has range.

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  • Bristol

    Once a centre for travelling merchants and commerce, the historic dock city of Bristol is now immersed in technology and tourism. Bristol is one of the UK’s most popular tourist destinations and it has the awards to prove why: in 2014 it was named the best city in Britain in which to live, the city received the European Green Capital Award in 2015 and many districts have been awarded Purple Flag status, showing a consistent level of excellence from evening/night-time businesses. Bristol seems to have it all!

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  • Bradford

    The consistent curry capital of Britain, Bradford is known for a lot of different things. It was once the ‘wool capital of the world’, it was the site of the invention of the Cieroscope in 1896, it is the world’s first UNESCO City of Film. Bradford has a lot going on and all of it is pretty varied, who knew woolly curry films made sense?

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For more country specific travel & safety information, please visit the Travel Aware website by the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office.